Statistics prove dancers have a high incidence (over 80%) of lower extremity injuries. It is important dancers receive a dance-based treatment or rehabilitation plan, combining conditioning, treatment and prevention-based education.
— Kirstine Mann, Highett Podiatry


Experienced dance Podiatrist, Kirstine provides a ‘Return to Dance’ program with a focus on correcting dance mechanics, technique and posture.  She is a trained dancer herself.

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Poor technique, turnout, anatomical anomalies, footwear and surfaces are key triggers for dance injuries.


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Performance and training demands are comparable to many highly competitive athletic pursuits. Dancers are artists with high athletic demands.

Repetitive strain and force of impact through the lower extremities result in prevalent injury to dancers.

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Highett Podiatry understands, respects and is sympathetic to the athleticism and demands required of the art. We pay particular attention to the dancer’s mindset and treat injuries accordingly.

We customise full injury and rehabilitation programs as part of a ‘Return to dance’ plan.

risk of injury

Dancing places extreme demands on the feet and ankles, increasing the risk of injury.

Ballet dancers have added risk due to the mobility and positions required to be en pointe and demi pointe.

Most common dance injuries fall into overuse or one of the following categories:


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Dance injury Highett Podiatry Melbourne


Factors contributing to dance injuries

Poor technique

Most dance positions are in external rotations of the hip.

Dancers without the required strength and flexibility in the hip often compensate by forcing rotation through the knee, ankle and foot. 

This can result in forced eversion of the hindfoot and excessive pronation of the midfoot and forefoot.

Anatomical Anomalies

Dancers with structural problems including Cavus Foot, Morton’s Foot and hyper mobility have increased risk of ligament strain, fasciitis, stress fracture, corns, Hallux Valgus and bunions.

Structural problems make it difficult to absorb shock, balance stress equally and have a tendency for hyper mobility.

If a dancer does not develop the required dorsi flexion at the ankle and mid-foot, safe performance of some movements may be at risk and add increased pressure on the feet.

Footwear and Surfaces


Dance shoes often have minimal or no support due to the light weight material.


Dance studio flooring should absorb some shock, although too much flexibility in the flooring can cause muscle fatigue. Floors that are too hard lack shock absorption which may lead to stress fractures.

We are members of

International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

Cecchetti Ballet Australia Inc